Which To Buy F700GS or F800GS

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by NFLD-RIDER, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. NFLD-RIDER

    NFLD-RIDER n00b

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2016
    Oddometer:
    5
    Location:
    Newfoundland, Canada
    Sorry Guys if this has been on here a load of times or in the wrong forum, I am brand new to the forum. In saying that I will be brand new to adv riding as well. I am looking for some advice as I am looking at two bikes, a 2014 F700GS and a 2009 F800GS. They are both decked out with practically the same farkles, and the both have the same amount of km's. The only difference is the price (roughly 2500.00 CAD more for the F700GS) and well the 2014 would be in almost showroom condition and still have over a years warranty, and the 2009 has been used lovingly. I was wondering what you guys would go with ? These are the two bikes I am looking at.

    F800.JPG bike 2 (1).jpg
    #1
  2. Capt CF

    Capt CF Pontificating Nobody

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2013
    Oddometer:
    1,326
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    Depends on what you are going to use it for. Assuming the height difference isn't an issue for you do you plan to do more dirt/offroad riding or more pavement?
    #2
  3. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2012
    Oddometer:
    13,414
    Location:
    Bris
    #3
  4. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    14,381
    Location:
    :o)
    take the yellow one and use a proper profile pic
    #4
    Adanac rider, Dirt wolf and ChicoProf like this.
  5. ChicoProf

    ChicoProf Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2013
    Oddometer:
    775
    Location:
    Chico, CA
    Both bikes look good. How many kms? Is the height an issue for you? If I was 6' plus instead of 5'8", I'd have been drawn to the 800 over my 700. A year or so of warranty is certainly valuable, but not likely worth $2500 if you fit both bikes well. As others will tell you, the BMW vario cases often handle ground impact poorly; the panniers on that 800 look tough enough. Both bikes can handle good old forest roads just fine - will you want more than that?
    #5
  6. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    14,381
    Location:
    :o)
    yeah the 8GS has jessies, proper crash bars that work and not that oem crap, and a freaking SEAT! get the 8GS, put 500 aside and hunt for a vented flywheel and some other farkles that you want to put on. still safe 2000 and get a proper profile pic
    #6
    MarkM likes this.
  7. NFLD-RIDER

    NFLD-RIDER n00b

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2016
    Oddometer:
    5
    Location:
    Newfoundland, Canada
    I will be using it 60 street commute 70km round trip mainly highway Monday -Friday and weekends into my cabin ... Nothing hardcore. I am 5'10" with 31" Inseam ... I hear that should be fine for the 800
    #7
  8. NFLD-RIDER

    NFLD-RIDER n00b

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2016
    Oddometer:
    5
    Location:
    Newfoundland, Canada
    There is 9500 km on both bikes
    #8
  9. NFLD-RIDER

    NFLD-RIDER n00b

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2016
    Oddometer:
    5
    Location:
    Newfoundland, Canada
    Thanks for the advise...that Makes sense.
    #9
  10. Newfie Rider

    Newfie Rider Concentrate Samir please! LOL Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,552
    Location:
    Newfoundland Twin of Rose Bowl
    Glad that you took the plunge on the 800! You will enjoy that for sure.

    Oh yeah... change your profile pic ...lol

    Looking forward to putting many kms on the bikes this summer. We are going to have a BLAST!
    #10
  11. NFLD-RIDER

    NFLD-RIDER n00b

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2016
    Oddometer:
    5
    Location:
    Newfoundland, Canada
    Thanks it's going to be good. Changed my pic too.
    #11
  12. Newfie Rider

    Newfie Rider Concentrate Samir please! LOL Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,552
    Location:
    Newfoundland Twin of Rose Bowl
    We will have to go for a run to the sink hole by lomond !
    #12
  13. CheckerdD

    CheckerdD Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,496
    Location:
    Dave Rankine, Reno NV
    Just to point out some alternatives, if your not planning to ride off road, consider the 700. It has tubeless tires that can be fixed easier than tubes if you get a flat. I will acknowledge the people who point out that the 800 is well equipped are correct. The other advantage to the 2014 bike is it has the new stator. The early stators are an expensive repair when it goes usually around 50k miles. Just saying. I would buy the 800, but I ride off pavement. Dave
    #13
    JustKip likes this.
  14. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    9,246
    Location:
    Fresno, CA
    Agreed!
    There was no mention of the "Long Way" movies, or single track. The 700 is a much better road bike, especially if you enjoy a spirited ride on a twisty road! The 21" front tire is better for big hits off road, but slower response on a tight twisty road. The newer stator and vented flywheel, and year of warranty are a bonus.
    #14
  15. Newfie Rider

    Newfie Rider Concentrate Samir please! LOL Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,552
    Location:
    Newfoundland Twin of Rose Bowl
    I think he bit the bullet and got the F800GS.
    #15
  16. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    14,381
    Location:
    :o)
    I change tubes in 15 minutes with the wheel on and off. It is all about exercice.
    as I told him before he only needs to shop for a new flywheel and he'll be good. He can find it for 100 bucks and put it in himself or just buy electrosport stators for 150 until he dies and still be ahead of the OEM part.
    #16
  17. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    14,381
    Location:
    :o)
    thanks for that
    #17
  18. bimmerd00d

    bimmerd00d Throbbing Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2011
    Oddometer:
    196
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    I have a 2013 f700gs and while I love it, I'm sure when I plan on doing some more off-road riding I'll wish for the 800. I am 5'9 with a 29-30in inseam and the f700 fits me like a glove with the BMW comfort seat. The 800 was a bit too tall for me. Off-road, get the 800. More pavement, 700gs. My buddy refuses to consider a 700 because of the cast wheels


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    #18